The Kilkivan to Kingaroy railway was one of the first branch lines built in Queensland. Originally used for agriculture and commercial freight as well as passenger public transport.
The last train officially travelled along the line in 2004 and as the line was no longer used closed in 2010. This made way for the re-birth of the railway line as a rail trail.
Located less than three hours from Brisbane, the 60km rail trail travels through beautiful countryside, quaint little creeks, across historical wooden bridges and passes through five major towns.
This easily accessible, varied and unique rail trail offers close proximity to towns and villages. Each offer their unique experiences and places to explore, including historic landmarks and buildings, art galleries, museums, food and wine, shopping and markets.
The top end of the trail is located on top of Australia’s Great Dividing Range – north-west of Brisbane and directly west of Gympie. The Kilkivan to Murgon section of the trail includes Goomeri and is located in the upper reaches of the Mary River valley and crosses through vast farmland. The trail head at Kilkivan is located opposite the former railway station building near the Bicentennial National Trail.
Walk, run or cycle with ease along the Murgon to Kingaroy section with 44km of bitumen making Kilkivan to Kingaroy rail trail the longest sealed rail trail in Queensland.
From Murgon the rail trail meanders through Wondai State Forest where native eucalypt forests and vast woodlands communities grow. With plenty of Australian wildlife out and about it’s your chance to get up close to wallabies, kangaroos and native birds in their natural surroundings.
Situated alongside the rail trail is the award winning Wondai Timber museum , take in the awe-inspiring ‘Wagon Camp’ diorama or simply stop for refreshment at the many café’s and hotels.
The Kilkivan to Kingaroy rail trail begins or ends at the peanut capital of Queensland – Kingaroy. You can tackle the entire trail from either direction, or pick a short section starting at one of the many towns. Either way catch a lift back to your destination with the local bus service which travels each week day.
Whether you’re seeking adventure or looking to get back to nature, the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail is for you.